On the three month anniversary of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash today, a memorial hockey tournament will be held this weekend in St. Albert, Alberta to remember four fallen members who had played in the city.
A group of junior hockey players put the tournament together to honour their friends and former St. Albert teammates, Stephen Wack, Jaxon Joseph, Logan Hunter and Conner Lukan.
Co-organizer of the tournament and Whitecourt Wolverine, Jaedon Leslie knew all four players and explains the significance of the tournament.
The 84 person tournament is broken into four teams: Team Wack, Team Joseph, Team Hunter and Team Lukan. By invite only, players selected to participate were divided up by playing on the team of the friend they were closest to. Games will be two 25 minute periods of non-contact play.
There will be some special guests participating. St. Albert native Colton Parayko of the St. Louis Blues will be playing on Team Joseph while surviving Broncos players Tyler Smith and Derek Patter will drop the puck.
The late Stephen Wack was a former Whitecourt Wolverine, and playing on Team Wack will include Jaedon Leslie, along with former Wolverines captains Joe Nardi and Linden Penner and former Wolverines goalie and co-organizer Josh Dechaine. Former Wolverines player Aiden Steinke and former Wolverines goalie Sam Jaxon-Visscher will play on Team Hunter.
The tournament will be played at the Mark Messier Arena in Servus Place, starting at 7 pm Friday, July 6th and running until Sunday, July 8th.
Entry is free but there will be two donation boxes set up, one at the Mark Messier entrance and one in the Servus Place foyer. There will also be a silent auction table set up with over 40 items.
80 percent of proceeds raised will go to the St. Albert Humboldt Remembrance Committee, which is looking to establish scholarships in honour of the four late Broncos from the city.